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From top: scene of Tuesday’s shooting in Lugmore in the Mount Seskin area of Tallght; Today’s Irish Sun

This morning.

As Keith Conlon, 35, who was shot in the head on Tuesday while out hunting rabbits on rural farmland in Tallaght seconds after his lurcher was shot dead, remains in a coma…

…via The Irish Sun:

The Irish Sun can reveal Senior Counsel Diarmuid Rossa Phelan, in his 50s, is being questioned in connection with the shooting.

He is a fellow of Trinity College and of the European Law Institute. He is also a member of the Board of Trinity and was Chair of the Fellows at the facility until 2018.

We understand ­Phelan raised concerns about ­trespassers on his land with cops in recent weeks. It led him to erecting more signs since the start of the year warning people to keep off his property.

We can also reveal the leading legal eagle had numerous firearms licences for various weapons at his home in ­Tallaght.

One theory is that Keith may have been struck by mistake when Phelan fired warning shots after noticing his dog on his land.

Phelan could be hit with reckless discharge of a firearm or more serious charges.

First pic of top lawyer quizzed over Tallaght farmland shooting as dog breeder victim’s family reveal hell (The Irish Sun)

This afternoon.

Tallaght, Dublin 24.

Sam writes:

Gardai at the scene on lands in Lugmore in the Mount Seskin area, where a man was seriously injured in a shooting on farmland at around 1pm this afternoon. He was taken to Tallaght University Hospital, where his condition is described as serious. It is believed he had been shot in the head. The scene has been preserved for a forensic examination.


…via Irish Times:

While the investigation into the incident is at an early stage, gardaí believe the injured man may have been on privately owned farm lands, with his dog, in the area when a dispute broke out.

A dog, believed to be owned by the injured man, was also shot during the incident, which is not regarded as being related to gangland or organised crime.

Gardaí are instead trying to establish if the man who fired the shot had challenged the injured man about why he was in the area.

Man shot in head during dispute on farmland in Co Dublin (irish Times)

Man critically injured in shooting on Dublin farmland (RTE)

Sam Boal/RollingNews

Last night.

Aerial view of Tallaght Stadium, home of Shamrock Rovers and host of AC Milan in the Europa league.


Liquid football (and commentary), in fairness.


At Whitestown Stream near Tallaght, Dublin.

Save the Poddle’s Wildlife Sanctuary tweeted:

“You won’t find this in a Bord Fáilte advertisement. This is the Whitestown Stream, near Tallaght at the minute. It’s in South Dublin County Council where a lone volunteer struggles to remove the dumped items to help rescue the river.

Ireland’s rivers die under the weight of such neglect.”


This evening.

Claire writes:

“Our lovely, shy Romeo got loose in Tymon Park in Walkinstown/Tallaght shortly after midday today. He was wearing his coat (top pic) at the time. He was spotted about an hour later on the Greenhills Road and seen again at 4.30pm near Fashion City in Ballymount. We’re hoping he’s sheltering somewhere. If anyone sees him, please call 086 8668650.”


UPDATE: Romeo found! (see comments)

At Sean Walsh Memorial Park in Tallaght, Dublin; Fianna Fáil TD John Lahart; Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe; and Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

This afternoon.

In the Dáil.

The recent destruction of wetlands at Sean Walsh Memorial Park in Tallaght, Dublin, following de-silting works at the park by South Dublin County Council, the was raised by Fianna Fáil TD John Lahart and Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe with Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Ms Madigan confirmed to the two TDs that her department will be carrying out an investigation into the matter and vowed she “won’t leave a stone unturned” during that inquiry.

South Dublin County Council released a statement on the matter on Monday.

Ms Madigan’s confirmation of an inquiry follows Fianna Fáil leader Mícheál Martin yesterday demanding in inquiry into the matter.

During his contribution, Mr Crowe said the wetlands was a “vibrant, multi-layered eco-system”.

He added:

“It came about by accident rather than design. There was a murder in the area, the guards needed to dredge the area…silt came out of the pond and it was put on grassland. And this, over a couple of years, the eco-system came about.”

He also said:

“It was described by one person, the vandalism, the environmental vandalism that actually happened, it was like a punch in the gut and it not only demotivates people, it demoralises people, not only those environmentalists, but also volunteers who help in the park, but also park staff.

“We got it wrong, clearly. It regenerated over the years, it was bursting with life, nude spats and even the critically endangered European eel.

“…you say, minister, that there’s going to be an inquiry, I think that’s something positive. I think it was an issue of miscommunication rather than a malicious decision. Nevertheless, the environmental destruction is unacceptable, it can’t happen again in any part of the country and serious lessons need to be learned from this disaster.”

Mr Crowe went on to ask Minister Madigan to outline how long the investigation will take place, when it will finish and if her department will liaise with local representatives.

During her response, Ms Madigan said:

“My department…is investigating this matter and we have been in touch with the Heritage Officer of South Dublin County Council, indeed the Chief Executive and the director of Environmental Services also. And we have requested a report on the matter from them.

“Officers from the National Parks and Wildlife Service, of my department, are arranging a visit this coming week, together with the Heritage Officer and following on from that site visit, I expect to receive a report from them, for review.

“I would caution, however, that it shouldn’t be prejudicial or premature in establishing facts until we see that report in detail and we will then take any further action as a result of those findings as we see fit.”

Mr Lahart told Ms Madigan:

“The question you must ask of the local authority is: how did communication breakdown to such an extent that one arm of the local authority didn’t know what the other arm of the local authority has done, and has essentially vandalised a natural habitat.

“That’s the first point, the second point is this: Does a local authority require a licence from the EPA to dump silt and soil in particular spots. That’s the second point.

“The third point I want to make is this. This happens widely in Ireland. I have queries, as well from constituents at the moment, in relation to the provision of play spaces in Dodder Valley – that their concerns in relation to the biodiversity impact of one of those play spaces wasn’t taken seriously by the local authority in terms of the part 8 submission.

“And we look at the ESB. The apparent jewel in the crown of semi-state bodies has not responded publicly in any meaningful way to their pollution of the River Dodder. A documentary on Prime Time covered that.

“So your response is outlining what your responsibility is as minister, but you have serious questions to ask the local authority as to how this came to happen.”

During her response, Ms Madigan said:

“I will give you the full report when I have it to hand.”

Previously: All A Blur

“Like The Surface Of The Moon”


At Sean Walsh Memorial Park in Tallaght

This morning.

In The Irish Times.

Brian Hutton reports:

Thousands of creatures have been killed during the unexplained destruction of a “unique little gem” of a nature reserve in south Dublin, conservationists have said.

A parcel of wetland at Sean Walsh Memorial Park in Tallaght, used for decades as a dumping ground for silt, had rewilded itself into a “little miracle” that was home to several protected species, including frogs, newts, eels and bats, according to experts.

…On a trip to the wetland on Saturday to carry out a new survey of the wildlife he [Collie Ennis, a research associate at Trinity College Dublin and science officer with the Herpetological Society of Ireland] found that the entire reserve was “flattened like a carpark” and covered in heavy machinery tracks.

“It had completely gone. It was like the surface of the moon. Just blank. Flattened,” he said.


Ecologists outraged as Dublin nature reserve is ‘flattened like a car park’ (The Irish Times)